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that the pentagon has said are going to be out there. so the question is, on top of all those things that you just talked about is what is the impact on the middle class? so the question the president is asking is why don't we take a step back, let's fix this in a kind of balanced way the president has proposed and the senate democrats have proposed with a reasonable amount of spending cuts and a reasonable amount of revenue raisers so that we can get this thing done and move on to the business of the country. >> but help me understand because we have a budget. this is -- look at exactly what this is. $85 billion this year out of a budget of 3.8 trillion. you can see just the small slice and then if you look at the sequester over ten years, we're talking about 1.2 trillion out of $47 trillion in projected government spending. is it really impossible to find less than 3% of savings in a federal budget without making those kind of horrible cuts? >> you know what, it's not impossible, and that's exactly what the president has done over the last year, $2.5 trillion in deficit reduction. he's ready to
anything at all from any of our troops on the front lines but to say that in the entire pentagon budget there isn't an iota of room for cuts like this for meaningful cuts would be lying. >> this is significant. you have republicans saying the pentagon budget can be cut without jeopardizing national security. not all of them. you have people like john mccain -- describe the fall but a lot of republicans, privately and publicly, saying that there is room to cut the -- >> as long as you don't -- as long as you hold harmless with everything that deals with troop readiness, that deals with troops on the front lines and military families but there's plenty of room in the procurement budgets, there's plenty of room for reforms and for -- >> i want to come to that in a second, but the problem will be, i think for the white house, broadly and for the country is the point that congressman ellison makes, you hit the sequester right now, that is goign to have a real economic impact right away. >> absolutely, absolutely, and i think you'll hear the president most likely talk about that on tuesday ni
's insensitive to the soldiers? in a statement to abc news, the pentagon says survivors of the fort hood shooting are eligible for the same medical benefits of all service members, but some in congress, including the chairman of the house homeland security committee michael mccall, say they will introduce legislation to require the fort hood victims receive the purple heart and other benefits they say they are now being denied. terry? >> thanks, brian, for that important story. we'll keep you posted on it. >>> it is time now for our closing arguments, tackling the issues the president confronted in the state of the union address. confronting gun violence, the troop drawdown. which do you think is most important to our country right now? tell us what you think at the "nightline" facebook page. tweet us @nightline and thanks for watching abc news. we'll see you here tomorrow.
of the world. just this week, the pentagon announced that, if these cuts go through, almost 800,000 defense employees, the equivalent of every person in miami and cleveland combined, will be forced to take an unpaid leave. >> and with that, let's take the debate to our first roundtable. headlined be i the chairman of the house intelligence committee, mike rogers of michigan. lead democrat on the house foreign affairs committee eric engel and our own george will and christiane amanpour. >> the impact on the national security, there is no doubt. there's some misnomers. only 2 cents on the dollar over the whole federal budget. that's in seven months and highlighted, put at least most of the burden on the defense department. that's going to have an impact. that's a 13% cut. the best way to get through this, i mean, we can point fingers. the best way to do this is to allow flexibility. if you allow flexibility -- you don't have to shut down -- >> i wanted to bring that to congressman engel. >> i think the sequester was a stupid thing. i voted against it when it first time it came up.
after cruising through confirmation in the senate. president obama's choice to run the pentagon is a different story. former senator chuck hagel, a vietnam veteran, took heavy fire from members of his own party for his opposition to the 2007 troop surge in iraq. >> were you correct or incorrect when you said the surge would be the most dangerous foreign policy blunder in the country since vietnam? were you correct or incorrect? >> well, i'm not going to give you a -- a yes or no answer on a lot of things today. >> let the record show you refuse to answer that question. >> reporter: he was hammered by gop senators who said he was too tough on israel. and soft on iran. he was grilled about referring to pro-israeli groups at the jewish lobby. >> i am sorry. >> reporter: he talked about the nuclear weapons of iran. >> i misstated. i've just been handed a note that i misspoke and said i supported the president's position on containment. >> reporter: despite the bruising hearing, he's still likely to be confirmed. if so, he'll be the first defense secretary that saw combat as an enlis
are supposed to have in the sierra and it gets worse when you figure out the pentagon of the season. we are more than half and we have until april 1st to get back to normal so we have a lot of snow, or we need a lot but there is not a lot in the forecast. it is dry on radar. 49 in tahoe with sunshine. mid-to-upper 60's central valley and big sur and low do mid 70's around los angeles and palm springs. safe travels. >> okay, not too bad. you can see the headlights emerging from the fog mike has been talking about. it is not limiting the visibility 80 westbound beyond the university overcrossing and to the macarthur maze but know the metering lights are on the scene bay bridge. test drive from the central valley from tray -- tracy and altamont pass. westbound 880, slowing on the approach to the san mateo toll plaza but the bridge is moving nicely itself. >> bart riders could soon pay more for their commute. bart is proposing 5.2 percent increase in fares for 2014 raising the average fare by 18 cents from $3.44 to $3.62. bart says it is necessary to stay on track with inflation. plan would
's choice to run the pentagon is a different story. on thursday, former republican senator hagel, a vietnam verb took fire from members of his own party for his opposition to the 2007 troop surge in iraq. >> were you correct or incorrect when you said that the surge would be the most dangerous foreign policy blunder in this country since vietnam? were you correct or incorrect? >> i am not going for give you a yes-or-no answer --. >> refuse to answer that? >> he was hammered by g.o.p. senators who believe he is soft on iran and too tough on israel and grilled about referring to pro israeli groups at the jewish lobby. >> i should have used another term. i regret it. >> he did not help when he miss stated president obama's position on iran's pursuit of nuclear weapons. >> i have been handed a note that i misspoke and said i supported the president's position on containment. >> despite the bruising hearing, hagel is still likely to be confirmed. if so he will be the first secretary of defense who saw combat as an enlisted soldier. >> thank you. >> 6:18. the weekend is here, it is a super bowl w
just before budget cuts hit the pentagon. a new snowstorm is crossing the midsection creating havoc for resolution dens still digging out from last week's blizzard bringing heavy snow to kansas and missouri this morning. you can see in the live pictures how much snow is on the ground. they will have a tough job ahead of them. also, we have hurricane-force winds and these are conditions in kansas, and this is wichita. not many cars. a traffic nightmare on the roads, and so many drivers are strapped the national guard was called in. in albuquerque interstate 40 was shut down and truck drivers had to wait it out. >> it costs money to sit still or to run it much like this, empty. hopefully it is cleared. >> the winds were so strong in north texas it peeled bricks from the side of a building. today there are worries severe thunderstorms and heavy rainfall are possible across parts of the south and mid-atlantic. so, moving eastward, leaving just a path of destruction. >> absolutely. a lot of snow, two times in a row, they are used to get it once but not twice in the same week or in the sa
and the military service record. the pentagon has released documenteds -- documents. he was with the army for three years where he flew blackhawk helicopters. now let was a military police officer with the marines and received several medicals but goulet was convicts of being a peeping tom in oregon and has other run ins with law enforcement. >> hundreds have shared condolences on our face book page. >> new this morning, you have to start shelling out some extra cash if you take bart. the board is meeting this morning to talk about raising fares and parking fees. amy hollyfield is live in walnut creek with how much more you may have to pay. amy? >> it would be 5.2 percent increase. here is a look at what that would be like for a walnut creek commuter. if you go to the city each day your round trip ticket goes from $9.70 to $10.20 so this is $130 more a year. that is not all. also, they want you to pay more for packing, and increase it by 50 cents every six months. bart officials say they do have a surplus and they are proposing these to help pay for needed improvement down the road and they going t
spoke for the first time about the new pentagon ruling allowing women at the front lines. mr. obama said for all practical matters women are already serving in combat and serving with extraordinary patriotism and distinction. >>> and now to breaking news this morning from southern california where there has been a deadly bus crash. a tour bus apparently hit a pickup truck head on near the city of yucaipa in a remote area of san bernardino county. at least eight people were killed, dozens more hurt. the bus was returning to tijuana, mexico from big bear lake at the time of the accident. the crash happened on a mountainous stretch of highway. >>> new details about the fatal shooting of former navy s.e.a.l. and american sniper author chris kyle and his friend at a texas gun range on saturday. a sheriff in texas says the shooter, also an iraqi war vet, may have been suffering from some sort of mental illness, perhaps ptsd, post-traumatic stress disorder. >> the suspect's mother, she may have reached out to mr. kyle to try and help her son. and we kind of have an idea that maybe that's why th
. >>> but first, some facts. pentagon will take the biggest hit from the cuts. president obama warned of dire consequences yesterday. >> the threat of these cuts has forced the navy to delay the deployment of an aircraft carrier to the persian gulf. affecting our ability to respond
more about the pentagon. saying, quote, if confirmed i intend to know a lot more than i do. jonathan carl, abc news, the white house. >> not a great performance, as you heard. even from people who will vote for him or like him or fellow democrats, you know, who may vote for him. little more critical about the nation's military. does a person not have a right to go into a slaughterhouse and change their opinion on red meat? >> of course. >> republicans say this guy is further left than president obama. republicans are skittish about his nomination. >> people are saying though his performance, well he was really under fire. so i think anyone in that hot seat may not do his or her best they're saying he likely will be confirmed i suspect. >> it is going to be a bumpy ride. >>> in related news, secretary of state hillary clinton leaving office officially today after sounding a warning about civil war in syria. at a sort of exit interview, clinton accused iran of playing an increasingly prominent role directing violence in syria and says that only raises chances of a wider conflict in the
would lose my house, everything. >> reporter: the pentagon calls the cuts stupid. and it's hard to disagree. get this, there's billions of dollars the pentagon wants to cut, but isn't allowed. like the upgraded m1 abrams tank, $3 billion. and the spy drone, $2.5 billion. you might think there would be urgent meetings at the white house, but there are none. no meetings or phone calls between the president and republican leaders. jonathan karl, abc news, the white house. >> certainly not encouraging. >>> it's expected to be an emotional day in the senate as lawmakers consider a revamped assault weapons ban. among those expected to testify are the parents of a child killed at sandy hook elementary. the nra promises to fight any restrictions on gun ownership. >>> and one-fifth of americans polled by kaiser family foundation admits they know a victim of gun violence. among the african-americans polled, 42% say they know a gun crime victim. 75% of latinos, 62% of african-americans and 30% of whites worry about being victimized themselves. >> i have to say, this is a story that transce
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